Letter from the Editor
Champions. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s a word spoken often at Pepperdine these days. When the Waves women’s sand volleyball team hit the beach this spring, they took home not one but two national championship titles, both in team and pairs competition. These victories, achieved during the program’s inaugural year, marked the first national titles ever captured by a women’s team at Pepperdine. Champions indeed.
In this issue of Pepperdine Magazine, we celebrate these dynamic women and so many more champions in our community. We catch a glimpse into the lives of Waves athletes now competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London (be sure to visit magazine.pepperdine.edu for all their latest news), and get to know alumnus Harry Nelson (’50), currently attending his Guinness World Record-breaking 18th Olympics.
We also honor those who are champions to and for others: the singers of Won by One, who share their talents and fellowship across the nation, and Global Justice Program director Jay Milbrandt, whose recent book on service explores how we can all effect change in the world. We meet a doctor who dedicates his time to mentoring undergraduates, a principal committed to the needs of her community, and a coach invested in the well-being of her players.
Each one of them is a champion. If this issue of Pepperdine Magazine inspires you to think of a Pepperdine champion you know, send us their story: magazine.pepperdine.edu.
Megan Huard Boyle